NEW: ‘Real Housewives’ star tried to flee from patrol car, police say


A star of the “Real Housewives of New York” reality TV show managed to slip out of her handcuffs and tried to flee from a police car following her arrest early Sunday, Palm Beach police said.

“I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” Luann de Lesseps told town officers as they tried to put her back in the patrol car, according to the report.

The 52-year-old de Lesseps is facing a total of five charges following the incident at The Colony Hotel.

A Colony security guard told police he found de Lesseps and a man in bed in room 407, which was being turned down, according to an arrest report. After five minutes of trying to get de Lesseps and the man to leave, the guard called police at about 9:30 p.m.

De Lesseps was staying at The Colony, an 89-room exclusive hotel a block away from the beach, but her room, No. 327, was on another floor at the five-floor hotel, police said.

Officers said de Lesseps and a friend were intoxicated and in the room where she was found with the man when they arrived. The women slurred their words and smelled of alcohol, police said. When both were told to leave, the other woman did so but de Lesseps refused and locked herself in the bathroom, according to the report.

Officers tried to open the bathroom door, and de Lesseps shoved one of them in the chest, according to the report. She slammed the door on another officer, hitting the officer in the face, police said.

After being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, the reality star removed the handcuffs and tried to leave the car. As an officer tried to put her handcuffs back on, she threatened him.

She threatened to kill other officers while in a holding cell at the police department, according to the report.

She was arrested on felony charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest with violence and two counts of crimes against a person, as well as a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication.

Before the incident, de Lesseps posted an Instagram story, picking out dresses with the friend who police told to leave the hotel room later. De Lesseps narrates in the video and said, “Getting ready for pre-Christmas Eve.”

The hotel’s general manager did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

Judge Ted Booras on Sunday ruled to release de Lesseps, who has no prior offenses, on her own recognizance from the Palm Beach County Jail but warned the television personality not to ignore her felony charges.

“I don’t think it would be that hard to find you,” he said.

The judge also said de Lesseps should stop drinking as she might have a problem. When she started to answer him in court, he quieted her and told her not to incriminate herself.

“Don’t say anything,” he said.

De Lesseps apologized a day after her arrest for her behavior in Palm Beach on her Twitter account and said it was her first time on the island since her wedding with Tom D’Agostino Jr. at The Brazilian Court Hotel last New Year’s Eve.

“I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018,” de Lesseps wrote.

She announced her divorce with D’Agostino through a tweet on Aug. 3. De Lesseps was previously married to Count Alexandre de Lesseps and retained the French royal title after their 2009 divorce.

She is due back in Palm Beach County court Jan. 25.

Sunday’s incident was not the first time other “Real Housewives” stars have met with trouble in South Florida.

Reality star Tinsley Mercer Mortimer was arrested in April 2016 on a charge of tresspassing by Palm Beach police after her ex-boyfriend told officers she was outside his El Dorado Lane home screaming and crying, according to a Palm Beach Daily News article. The socialite’s charges were dismissed by the prosecution, and she became a member of the “Real Housewives of New York” cast a year after her arrest.

Two members of the “Real Housewives of Miami” have also been arrested in Florida. Ana Quincoces was arrested for driving with a suspended licence in March 2015, and Marysol Patton was arrested for driving under the influence in January 2010. Quincoces was given 15 hours of community service, and Patton pled guilty to a lesser charge — reckless driving — and paid a $1,581 fine.



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